It’s not easy for moms, especially in their first days. While pregnant, women have to always think not just about themselves, but about the unborn baby too. So how does standing affect your baby?
Thanks to MomJunction, we may finally have an answer to that question. See, during pregnancy, the load on a woman’s legs is increased, which can spell all kinds of trouble. It is best to avoid standing for too long. So what are these troubles? Let’s go through each of them.
1. Standing while pregnant can cause lower back pain
During pregnancy, a whopping 50-70% women experience pain in their lower back. The next most reported symptom is – you guessed it – leg pain. If your work involves a lot of standing, try to sit down during breaks.
2. Standing while pregnant can also lead to high blood pressure
While high blood pressure is dangerous for everyone, it can be deadly for pregnant women. Again, avoid standing for hours on end, mothers.
3. Pain in the nether regions
The syndrome is called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) and it appears almost exclusively during pregnancy. It’s a pain in the pubic bones, or around the pelvic region, and prolonged standing can make the pains worse.
4. Standing may also hamper child development
This can even result in stunted growth.
5. It can also lead to premature birth
Prolonged standing has been shown to induce premature labor in some cases.
6. Remember high blood pressure? Well, it can also cause low blood pressure
I don’t have to tell you why this is NOT good.
7. Can cause swollen feet
Also called edema. Your body is heavier, so your legs and feet take the brunt of the load. It’s only logical that if you stand for hours while you’re carrying a baby will worsen the symptoms.
So, what to do?
Try switching to a desk job, or take frequent sitting breaks. It’s best to talk to your boss and explain your situation. If necessary, get a note from your doctor too. Otherwise, you may have to quit that job because it’s no good for you. Every time you stand more than 30 minutes while pregnant is not good for your body or your baby. If you feel back pain, you can try water aerobics, and maybe invest in some comfortable shoes.
Well, that’s what we came up with. But tell us about yourself, are you pregnant? And how do you cope? Feel free to share your experience in the comments!